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Posted on 01-03-2017

To celebrate the beginning of a new year, the Circle Staff sat down to share our dreams
for the year ahead and some memories of what makes Circle so special to each of us:

 

What is your favorite Circle memory of the past?

Noises Off. I was told we could never pull it off because it was 'too big', but I've always loved it and knew we could knock it out of the park. That show never gets old. And it is always funny.
- Don Wilson, Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director

Either seeing my first production (CABARET 1977) at Circle or being in the final production in the old space at John Ball Park (FOLLIES 2003).
- Lynne Brown Tepper, Executive and Artistic Director

My favorite Circle memories are our weekly staff meetings. I love that we are all able to play to our strengths and get things done but we know how to have a good time and enjoy what we do together.
- Michelle Matson, Box Office Manager

I'm new to Circle staff - so not a ton of memories YET, but I do have to say I was trained by one of the smartest, kindest, most beautiful people on the planet - Virginia Juresich. I am going to miss her so much.
- Lisa Mathias, Financial Accounts Coordinator

Receiving a phone call from the Spamalot Assistant Stage Manager that I was cast as Lady of the Lake... and then hanging up the phone to call my husband to hear that at the exact time I received my phone call, the Stage Manager had called him to offer him the role of Sir Galahad.
- Noddea Skidmore, Director of Creative and Audience Development


What are you most looking forward to in our 65th Anniversary Season?

To Kill a Mockingbird. It's one of America's beat stories, and the adaptation is spot on.
-
Don Wilson, Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director

A very exciting season that will present topical themes that are very relevant today with what is going on in the country.
- Lynne Brown Tepper, Executive and Artistic Director

I am looking forward to a season of outstanding shows that celebrate family and diversity, two benchmarks of the Circle Theatre.
- Matthew Gray, Marketing & Outreach Specialist

I am looking forward to the new faces and relationships Circle will make. We have plenty of room in this Circle for everyone and I can't wait for us to share who and what we are to new friends!
- Michelle Matson, Box Office Manager

The chance to work with everyone behind the scenes for the first time as Circle Theatre staff - from workshops, to auditions, to productions.
- Lisa Mathias, Financial Accounts Coordinator

I'm looking forward to us pushing the envelope a little in terms of the kind of stories we tell... I think it's a good thing that we spend time in the theatre exploring things that are new or unknown in order to better learn how to connect with the rest of the world.
- Noddea Skidmore, Director of Creative and Audience Development


What is your wish for Circle's future?

I'd love for Circle to reach more and more children. Yes, the magic created on stage can be incredible, but the magic it works inside of kids experiencing it is immeasurable. That cannot be duplicated and there is nothing comparable.
- Don Wilson, Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director

Sustainability and to be able to continue presenting thought engaging opportunities for our audience, performers and production staff.
- Lynne Brown Tepper, Executive and Artistic Director

I wish for Circle to continue to grow and flourish in our community, and to continue being a leading voice of the vibrant GR arts scene.
- Matthew Gray, Marketing & Outreach Specialist

I want to see Circle continue to provide a platform for local talent to learn, experience and thrive both on and off stage.
- Michelle Matson, Box Office Manager

My wish is that more of West Michigan will discover what an amazing gift Circle Theatre is to the arts here, and be excited to get involved, support and see productions at Circle.
- Lisa Mathias, Financial Accounts Coordinator

My wish for the future is that we only continue to grow and change and become more relevant within the cultural community. We keep making strides in those areas and with each step I'm so proud to be a part of this team.
- Noddea Skidmore, Director of Creative and Audience Development


What do you value most about your job or working for Circle?

Freedom. Both creative and personal.
- Don Wilson, Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director

The people I work with-whether it is in the office, the B.O.D. or the production staff and performers.
- Lynne Brown Tepper, Executive and Artistic Director

I am thankful every day that I get be surrounded by people who share deep love and understanding for theatre, and its unparalleled ability to reach, educate, and motivate an audience.
- Matthew Gray, Marketing & Outreach Specialist

I value the fact that I am valued. I feel that what I do is genuinely a help to those I work with. I also LOVE and value my student workers! They are amazing and I couldn't do my job without them.
- Michelle Matson, Box Office Manager

I get the chance to be involved in the theatre, which is something very dear to my heart, and work with a great group of people.
- Lisa Mathias, Financial Accounts Coordinator

I value the family that Circle is to me - as a patron, a performer, and a staff member. There is never a day that I feel like going to Brink Hall or the Performing Arts Center is "work". This is just what I do and love - every day.
- Noddea Skidmore, Director of Creative and Audience Development


Anything else you'd like to share?

I LOVE our office staff (which included Don). As much as I hate seeing Ginny go, I love our new additions and think that they are a wonderful compliment to our existing staff. I know so many people who aren't lucky enough to work with people they love and I never lose sight of how blessed I am to have that.
- Lynne Brown Tepper, Executive and Artistic Director

When I moved to Grand Rapids in 2004, my boss and mentor was (and still is!) an active Circle Board Member. He brought me to my first Circle show just days after settling in, and I'm forever grateful for the ways I was embraced by the Circle community from the very beginning.
- Noddea Skidmore, Director of Creative and Audience Development

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